Both performed at the highest levels in the classrooms and on the athletic playing fields during their four-year careers at Crowley High and for their efforts, each was rewarded Tuesday evening at the CHS Athletic Banquet by being named the male and female winners of the prestigious Gardiner Memorial awards.
The award is given annually to the school’s top senior male and female student-athletes.
“The Gardiner Memorial Award is for both athletic and academic achievement and both Malcolm and Loralyn have shown that throughout their high school careers,” said CHS head football coach and athletic director Tommy Tate following the ceremony. “They are great competitors on the field and in the classroom and they both have bright futures ahead of them.”
Richard, who will be attending LSU in the fall and will also be a part of the Tigers’ powerlifting team, will graduate fourth in his class with a 3.948 grade point average. He plans on majoring in biology
His accomplishments on the field were equally impressive. He earned nine letters in his four-year prep career. Among them were four in football, where he earned All-State honors as a junior and Academic All-State honors in 2007. He was also a three-year letter winner in track and a two-year letterman in powerlifting.
Richard’s accomplishments in track and field included reaching the state track meet in both his junior and senior years while winning the district championship in the discus in 2008. His toss of 161-2 at the District 5-AAA meet was the best throw of anyone from Acadia Parish this past spring.
But Richard’s biggest accomplishments were in powerlifting.
After being a part of the Class AAA state championship team as a junior, Richard toppled numerous records in 2008 en route to winning the state title in the 220-pound weight class.
Richard won the Heavyweight Platform Outstanding Lifter award at the West Regional before earning the same honor at the state meet in Alexandria, where he set a state record in the squat (640 pounds), dead-lift (660 pounds) and the overall total weight lifted (1,605 pounds).
Richard was also honored with the offensive captain award for football.
Huval, who recently signed a full scholarship to play softball at Alabama Southern, will graduate with a 3.142 GPA. She plans on majoring in physical therapy.
In her four-year career, Huval was a four-year letterman in volleyball and softball and she also earned three letters in basketball and one in powerlifting.
She was a second-team All-District softball performer as a junior and she earned first team honors in 2008. She also earned the team captain award for the 2008 season.
In volleyball, Huval earned second-team All-District honors and was named the team’s captain and MVP. She was also a 2008 regional champion in powerlifting and placed third at the state meet.
Also during the banquet, all athletes were honored for their participation with certificates and each senior was presented with a plaque.
Individual awards were also presented in each sport.
Those earning Most Valuable Player awards were Mike Doughty (baseball), Lavetta Chaisson (girls’ track), Steven Boulet (boys’ track), Loralyn Huval (volleyball, softball), Sharae Henry (girls’ basketball), Tory Carey (boys’ basketball), Kyron Benoit (offensive MVP, football) and Jordan Ancelet (defensive MVP, football).
Those receiving the Hardest Worker award included, Carlita George (volleyball), Karen Citizen (girls’ basketball), Tylerton Clement (boys’ basketball), Megan Guidry (softball), Brian Broussard (baseball), Amber Stewart (girls’ track), Steven Boulet (boys’ track) and Michael Darbonne (football).
Those earning the Team Captain awards were Loralyn Huval (volleyball), Tamerea Hayes (girls’ basketball), Loralyn Huval (softball), Lavetta Chaisson (girls’ track), Tory Carey (boys’ track), Malcolm Richard (offensive captain, football) and Kenry Mire (defensive captain, football).
Tyler Dupuis earned the Teammate award in baseball.
Former CHS Backers’ Club president Charlie Abshire and treasurer Dickie Latiolais were also honored for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 years. Both retired in 2008 and were awarded lifetime CHS Backers’ memberships.